Things to do in the Berkshires, Nov 5

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It may be hard to fathom, but the first weekend of November is almost upon us.

Still, it looks like we have a nice extended stretch of seasonally appropriate fall weather ahead, with warmer days and cooler nights. So here's a sample of ideas on how to celebrate and see what happenings the Berkshires has to offer:

Ongoing

• The Dream Away Lodge in Becket is still going strong will live music this fall, Friday through Sunday. No cover, but tips are always welcome. Music starts around 8:30 p.m. Coming up this weekend is local singer-songwriter Bernice Lewis on Friday, Maine psychedelic rockers Coke Weed on Saturday, and on Sunday, Amherst-based one-man band, The Suitcase Junket, aka Matt Lorenz.

• Casey's Billiards in Pittsfield will have two bands this weekend. Phil N the Void returns to rock the house on Friday. Hotshot Hillbillies will play your favorite country and rock on Saturday. There's a $5 cover each night, with music starting at 10 p.m., and pool is included.

Tonight

This and every Thursday night is karaoke at Rumpy's Tavern in Lenox. Get your sing on!

Friday

• This month's First Fridays Artswalk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m., throughout downtown Pittsfield, with gallery and show viewings and receptions for 15 different artists and artist collectives. Roam on your own, or meet at 5 p.m. at the BRTA Intermodal Center on Columbus Avenue to join a guided walking tour of exhibits. The evening will culminate with an Afterwalk Dance Party with a deejay and dancing from 8 to 10 at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave. All Artswalk activities are free and open to the public. Info: FirstFridaysArtswalk.com or 413-443-6501.

• On the tail-end of the Artswalk, Shire City Sanctuary, located at 40 Melville St., in Pittsfield will host a free live music performance as part of the Fringe Music series. The monthly concerts are produced in partnership with Bazaar Productions, curator of The Berkshire Fringe festival and other events. This month's show begins at 7 p.m., and features Tongues in Trees, a New York City-based trio that uses guitar, drums and vocals to produce dreamy soundscapes influenced by North Indian classical and folk rhythms.

• DJ Marc the Don this Friday and every Friday night will spin all the hits at Rascals Grille in Adams, starting at 9:30 p.m. No cover.

Saturday

• New York City cabaret singer and pianist Ron Ramsay and vocalist Samantha Talora, have set their sights on the songbook spanning the career of Frank Sinatra, and will present at 7 p.m. Saturday, "The Chairman: Songs of Sinatra" at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield. The pair will be joined by Michael Gillespie on woodwinds and Courtney Clark on violin. Tickets are $20 per person for this cabaret-style show. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 413-212-4459 or emailing rerpromusic@gmail.com.

Coming up

Monday is the last day to reserve tickets for "A Pirate's Holiday Plunder," a murder mystery dinner theater event that will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Ventfort Hall in Lenox. Performed by The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble, the storyline features five descendants of famous pirates: Capt. Green Beard, Jackie Sparrow, Capt. Mini Hook, Holly Day and Ima Wench — one of whom is dying to kill for treasure their ancestors never found at the North Pole. At least one clue points to the killer.

Dinner at the mansion includes lasagna, sausages and meatballs, salad, cake, coffee and tea, with beer and wine available for purchase. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Info and reservations: 413-637-3206 or gildedage.org.


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